Angolan corporate broadband operator Multitel – part-owned by Angola Telecom – has completed the first phase of a TD-LTE high speed wireless network rollout with Israeli equipment provider Telrad in the capital city Luanda. Telrad’s end-to-end 4G solution has been deployed across Luanda to meet bandwidth demand for a growing base of corporate and small office/home office (SOHO) end users, using Software Defined Radio (SDR) equipment enabling the use of Multitel’s existing 3.5GHz WiMAX infrastructure and a software-only upgrade to the new platform. The next round of the project includes the expansion of 3.5GHz TD-LTE infrastructure beyond Luanda, offering triple-play services and supporting high-capacity applications. Multitel is owned by Angola Telecom, PT Ventures (previously part of Portugal Telecom, now part of Brazil’s Grupo Oi) and Portugal’s Banco Comercio e Industria (BCI), and says that it has invested around USD20 million in improving its broadband services since 2008. Multitel’s plan to deploy TD-LTE with Telrad was first announced in mid-2014.
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